free time – blend retreat.

by Janetha on May 11, 2012

in BLEND,eating out,fun with friends,travel

it’s hard to believe that a week ago today blend 2012 was just kicking off! and here i am, still recapping it. i never said i was quick—i only said i was thorough. can’t blame a girl for wanting to savor every detail, can you?

after the early morning bootcamp and four mile hike, the only thing i wanted to do was walk a few miles into town in flip flops.

wait. what? no, that’s not exactly what i wanted to do.. a car would have been nice.. but our legs did the trick and we walked from chautauqua to the boulder farmers’ market saturday afternoon. we had the whole afternoon and evening free to do whatever tickled our fancy or floated our boat.

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i was with katie, ashley, heather, lindsay, and other katy (lindsay’s sister, not a blogger, SEE! you don’t have to have a blog to come to blend.)

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since we hadn’t eaten a real meal in over five hours (and had trekked up and down a mountain) we were all ready to eat each other. cannibalism isn’t cool (right, katie?) so we opted to grab something from a tasty looking food stand at the market. linds had spotted it first and we all followed her. she’s our leader—fierce, fearless, and fabulous.

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the stand was called modmarket and offered a variety of sandwiches and salads.

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i chose a protein plate with a red spinach couscous salad, a quinoa mizuna salad, and chicken.

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oh, man, i want to dive into that photo. this food was so good! i need to recreate the couscous salad—it was the best part. it had basil, cucumber, shallot, and spinach.. sounds easy enough, i wonder if i could pull it off.

there was a lot of lunchtime entertainment including acroyoga…

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photo source: travis’ instagram

and a little PDA thanks to linds and trav. awwww.

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after ou lunch, we decided to wander down pearl street.

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of course we got sucked into a kitchen store where i bought a totally unnecessary owl-shaped mini cake pan (i KNOW, right?) and a few other odds & ends. we also had a peas & thank you sighting! sigh, too bad mama pea wasn’t with us.

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we spent a few hours browsing various shops and making random purchases. i LOVE pearl street! hadn’t been since high school. i forgot how fun it is.

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i ended up with some artwork for marshall and a cute owl dress for myself. lindsay wanted a more permanent souvenir, so she got a tattoo!

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it’s casual.

we made the trek back to chautauqua and cleaned up quickly so we could head back to town to meet everyone for dinner. it was cinco de mayo, so mexican was a must!

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photo courtesy lindsay’s fake iphone again

i think blend needs to be over cinco de mayo every year—who doesn’t want a reason to drink margaritas, eat chips and salsa, and take tequila shots with their internet friends?!

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a couple photo courtesy heather blackmon + courtney horan

it was pretty awesome that almost every blend retreat attendee ended up at rio grande at some point during the night. i am sure the employees were baffled at all the ladies taking photos of their fish tacos. that’s totally normal! promise.

we left the restaurant and started our journey back to chautauqua.

“act natural, like you are walking!” right.

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i had the BEST LUCK EVER and ran into a frozen custard stand! what are the chances? considering how many people don’t know what frozen custard is, i am gonna say the chances are slim. i love frozen custard and eat it regularly in utah, but to find it in boulder was a real treat. literally.

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STOKED!

we got back to the missions house and had four amigos ready to serenade us.

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it wouldn’t be cinco de mayo without moustaches, right? quick flashback to cinco de mayo 2008:

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yep.

well, that’s a good note to end this post on, right? as you can see, the free time spent on saturday during blend retreat was top notch. you should probably come next year!

promise there is just one more blend retreat recap left! then i will be back with move more in may announcements, the winner of my blog birthday giveaway, and maybe even a recipe. who knows. not me.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

xo. janetha g.

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meggi May 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm

So fun! That root beer pork sounded yummy! Love your Cinco de Mayo photos! And I seriously laughed out loud about pictures of the fish tacos! :)

The Delicate Place May 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm

i bet you slept well that night lol that is a ton of exercise…i’m tired just reading about it! ;p i have never had frozen custard before…is the texture comparable to gelato or is it icier?

Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I LOVE Pearl Street! I’m glad you all enjoyed it!

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats May 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm

As if I didn’t love Boulder enough already, all of these fun finds are making me want to live there even more! :)

sherice@foodieluvsfitness May 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I already have an obsession with Colorado (not sure why) so now I MUST go to Blend next yr!! or are you guys going to change up the locations?

Erica May 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Oh my gosh how fun. And oh my gosh how cute are your blue pants. Where are they from? I need! The acrayoga looks NUTS. And thats hilarious that you took a picture of the PDA. Heart

Lauren May 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm

How bad ass is lindsay! That’s so awesome that she just got a tattoo while everyone else was buying souvenirs.
Love every single recap of this amazing weekend. It really does sound life changing.

StoriesAndSweetPotatoes May 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Great recap. Totally casual tattoo ;) It rocks though.

Brittany @ Britt's Blurbs May 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Looks like you all had a blast! Mustaches are the perfect celebration to Cinco De Mayo!
My parents use to live in Boulder and they constantly rave about the city! Seems like something fun is always going on!

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva May 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

You gals are so cute! Can’t wait for next year :) Your salad from that stand looks awesome…I love funky salads but never think of making them when I’m at home…something I need to work on. I’m off to go bake a birthday cake now. Have a good weekend (yay for sleeping in!) xox

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List May 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Travis said he looks fat in that picture and to take it down. ;)
miss you like crazy.

Ashley May 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Bahahahaa…LOVE this post. p.s. are you flexing?

Sara May 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I cannot wait to see your first owl shaped cake! Too cool for school.

Sana May 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Internet friends ruleeee!

Heather (Heather's Dish) May 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I miss you guys!!!! I so wish blend was every weekend :)

Sarah May 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

It looks like I was at Blend! Thanks for including me :)

Get on making that salad!

Lee May 12, 2012 at 5:04 am

I want to come next year!

Danica @ It's Progression May 12, 2012 at 6:56 am

I love the Lindsay got a tattoo!! too funny.

Danielle May 12, 2012 at 6:58 am

That market is adorable!

Annette@FitnessPerks May 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

WHat a fun afternoon!! and YES I love frozen custard…SOOO good!

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) May 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Ole!

Asuma May 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I wish there were a retreat like blend here in Sydney too! Would be so much fun :D

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning May 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Apparently I should have gone to the Farmers Market! Mountain Sun was great- but man- the farmers market looks awesome! AND I could have found that sweet potato/avocado cupcake….
I’ll be hitting it up when we’re out there in July.
People watching on Pearl Street is the best. :)

Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

What a fantastic day! Pearl street looks awesome!

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I know what frozen custard is!! ;) It’s amazingness and if you ever go to St. Louis you have to go to Ted Drews! It’s a MUST every time I go, though it’s been several years.

And it was a fabulous night / day / weekend, wasn’t it? :)

Cassie May 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Aw man! that looks so much fun! I wanted to go this year so bad and I could have but I was a wuss and thought I wouldn’t find anyone to talk to or hang out with… hopefully there will be one next year and I can and will woman up and go!

so glad you all had what looked to be a great time!

Kim @ The Family Practice May 15, 2012 at 10:58 am

Janetha it looks like you did an amazing job putting this all together! You are wonderful!

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